Pregnancy Update 🀰🏻: Tips & Recommendations πŸ‘

My pregnancy journey began since that chilly night in February when we found out about her existence. Since then, I have encountered many changes that required simple acceptance of and adapting to. The past ten months have been such an incredible experience. Despite not feeling physically well on many days, I enjoyed the pregnancy and am immensely thankful for the opportunity to be a mother πŸ™πŸΌ.

Read on for tips and recommendations I sorted through to share on this blog.

What to buy at the Sephora Holiday Sale 2018

It's almost THAT time of the year! Yes I'm talking about the semi-annual (although this year, for the third time) Sephora Sale AND the anticipated delivery of our first baby πŸ‘§πŸ»! Exciting that they will most likely be happening within the same time frame -- thankfully I feel pretty prepared to tackle both. πŸŒš
Collectible pins included at random in various Sephora Mystery Kits for lips, face and eyes.
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From the community forum on Sephora's website I've gathered the following intel:

ROUGE 20% off with code ROUGEBONUS - FRI 10/26 - MON 10/29 & FRI 11/2 - MON 11/5.
* For Rouge on 10/26 only, bring a friend and extend your rouge discount to them in store! Plus, you also get an exclusive sample set with any purchase (first-come, first-served).

VIB 20% off FRI 11/2 - MON 11/5

Beauty Insider 15% off FRI 11/2 - MON 11/5

I think this is a great opportunity to make purchases in the following categories: 
  • Restock on items that you use up frequently. Don't hoard though!
  • Value/Holiday Sets: these are gorgeous as gifts, or opportunities to try out new products/shades. Do your research on each item in the set, and do the math to find out the value you are getting. 
  • Splurge-y items that you would not purchase at full price EVER.
Read on for my "LOVED" list for this sale, with additional recommendations at the end. All the images in this post are credited to the Sephora website.

[Review & Swatch] Too Faced πŸ‘ Tickled Peach Mini Eye Shadow Palette

The last quarter of each year is especially excruciating for my wallet πŸ€‘, as beauty brands continuously pump out new and/or limited edition goodies from as early as September. Amongst the new releases, eye shadow palettes have always been at the top of my list cuz let's face it, who doesn't love an assortment of colours and textures curated in a gorgeous case? πŸ™€

Today I'll be sharing my review and swatch on the newly released Too Faced Tickled Peach Mini Eye Shadow Palette ($32 CAD), a purse-ready palette of 8 creamy matte and shimmer shadows inspired by their bestselling Sweet Peach Eye Shadow Palette. Let me just say though, how difficult it was to finally decide on this palette amongst the sea of mini palette releases from Huda Beauty, Natasha Denona and Urban Decay.

VIB Rouge 20% off Sale Haul

What is joy? Joy is receiving Sephora boxes in the mail, and that's what I've been getting for the past four days! Ever since the 'waves' of ordered were placed, I've been longing and longing for the deliveries, which were reasonably delayed due to high volumes.

As I mentioned in the last blog, I missed out on doing research and placing orders on highly-rated products this time around, but still managed to grab a few seriously amazing items and sets. Group photo first!

Let the haul begin!

{update} Sprinkles of Fall 2017

I've literally just emerged from a tall pile of papers in my study room just to stroll around on the blog... I miss blogging so much!πŸ˜”  The number of drafts and photos I prepared back in August are silently collecting dust in their file folders on the desktop while I disappeared into the all-consuming world of teaching, once September arrived.

It's another school year (16-17 ;( gosh, the numbers keep getting bigger!), another mix of student personalities in each cohort, and another carousel of courses for me to build and master. I must say that I have grown to like all my classes, from kids to the subject, to developing curriculum, resources and trying out strategies. 

One aspect of work that I STILL feel quite blessed in, is having genuinely supportive and caring colleagues. Teaching can be quite a lonely feat sometimes contrary to the belief that we work in departments of like-subjects and that the job is highly social. Since my arrival at my current school 5 years ago,  every year I've had to reach out and work with someone 'new' due to all my shifting responsibilities -- and so far, what a treat to have such lovely adults around. The people I've worked with not only supported my responsibilities and share resources selflessly, but are also trustworthy and such great resources for mental health maintenance. πŸ’œ

Oh, did I also mention that I turned 30? According to my lovely Department leader, it's my Golden birthday because it fell on Sept.30th, when I turned 30 years old. That terminology right there sparked a whole weekend-long of celebrations, starting with high tea at Ritz, then mouth-watering BBQ with even octopus(!) at Rachie's, then Ste.Anne's Spa getaway the weekend after (OK, that's two weekends hehehe).

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